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Win a Zojirushi Ms. Bento!

Happy Earth Day everyone! I guess it’s fitting that on Earth Day I try yet again to give away the Stainless Steel Bento box from Life Without Plastic. Don’t misunderstand, I don’t think the first two winners just don’t want their prize, I think I just got eaten by their Spam filters. Hopefully Hotmail likes me better than Yahoo.

My third attempt has brought up Bridget. Bridget pledges to replace her rice paddles with bamboo ones and also pledges to pay off all her credit cards as well. (a little joke from her, haha!)

As I bring that giveaway to a close (I hope!), I start a new one. While many bentoers love a good, cheap box, there’s always that one pricey bento box that you one day hope to get for a gift or find on sale. For me, that box used to be the Zojirushi Mr. Bento. Then I got one for Christmas from Mr. Pikko!

While I also have a Mr. Bento container to give away, I decided to split the Bentos up and hold separate giveaways for them. So today begins my giveaway for the Zojirushi Ms. Bento. Read about the Ms. Bento and more products at the Zojirushi website.

I have no bento of my own today because the office is being treated to lunch for Admin Appreciation. I’ll be having some Thai food today. Anyway, entering this giveaway is easy. Simply comment on this blog post planning the first meal you’ll pack into your Ms. Bento. Please be sure to leave your name and an email that you check on a regular basis so that I may contact you should you win. I will accept entries until May 1st, 2009, so get cracking on that meal plan!

Ms. Bento is a thermal lunch jar and comes with three round containers to carry your food in. One container is great for keeping hot soup in. With an Amazon value of $49.99 and a retail value of $60.00, this is definitely a giveaway you don’t want to miss! From the entries I receive, I will draw a random winner sometime around May 2nd, 2009.

I wasn’t around yesterday because I went to have some delicious ramen with Mr. Pikko at Sumo Ramen.

I went with the Mochiko Chicken Curry Ramen with their thin noodles. The mochiko chicken came separately because it wasn’t done at the same time as my ramen. Oh so yummy, but I still miss the onoliciousness of Kiwami Ramen. :d

I’m part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program and received my first product to review last week. I had replied to the initial announcement but hadn’t heard any type of confirmation afterwards, so I was a bit surprised to get a call from Grandpa J saying that a box marked ‘Perishable’ had come from Foodbuzz. He asked if he should refrigerate it and I gave the OK to open the box.

When I got home, he told me he’d put it in the freezer and I was like, “Aaahhh! That’s fresh pasta!” I ran downstairs to get it and luckily it wasn’t in there long. However, when I opened it up, I found a disappointment waiting for me:

I’m allergic to mushrooms! *sigh* Well, at the very least the rest of the family could help me do a review. We ate this last Friday, preparing it how the package recommends, which is to gently boil for 4-6 minutes and then eat with some olive oil.

My first criticism of this is the appearance. As soon as I put it into the dish I told Grandma J they looked like Venus flytrap heads and she cracked up laughing. I mean really, they just look weird. We sat down at the table and I moped while they tasted. Finally, someone remarked that since I’ve been able to eat nametake mushrooms lately, I should just try a bite and see what happened.

I finally caved and took a flytrap. I took a bite.

It tasted pretty good. I didn’t swell up, so that was even better. Comments from everyone else were:

Grandpa J: It’s pretty good, but I don’t know what I’m eating.

Mr. Pikko: Good, I guess.

Grandma J: It’s good, I can only slightly taste the mushrooms, though. I can taste the cheese a lot more. I think it would be better with some kind of sauce.

Me: The mushroom flavor was very light, while the cheese flavor was much more prominent. It tasted good.

The filling was nowhere what the packaging made it out to look like, so they weren’t “generously filled” in my opinion. While one can argue that’s usually the case, the fresh pasta I’ve seen in Costco usually looks like the ones in the photo. Since it wasn’t completely filled, the pasta on the outside was very thick and therefore very noticable when eaten. I prefer pasta to be a soft outer coating than a big flat piece that I have to eat by itself if I didn’t happen to bite it at the same time as the filling.

The way it was cut was very unattractive and in my opinion it needed more than just olive oil to eat. The edges reminded me of that jagged fancy scissors that I got in a craft scissors pack, the jagged one being the one I never liked to use because it looked funny.

Still, it tasted good. I just don’t think I’d buy it on my own. The best that came out of it was that I know I can eat those types of mushrooms now! Woohoo! Maybe my mushroom allergy has finally vacated my body!

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  • Daniella

    I would make Matzo Ball soup for the thermos and then have breaded chicken with a lemon wedge and round it off with some buttered zucchini and spaetzle dumplings. For dessert, I’d make little mini crepes with apricot jam.

  • Haha, I keep eyeballing the Zojirushi bento sets in the Shirokiya and Marukai ads. Almost bought the jr. set last Xmas but they ran out of blue. Iʻve been planning on what to do with them once I get them so this shouldnʻt be too hard. :p

    Container 1: Miso soup
    Container 2: Rice w/ furikake
    Container 3: Mochiko chicken & tsukemono in a silicone cup.

    That mushroom giganto ravioli thing didnʻt sound so bad but yeah, presentation of the product couldʻve been better. Maybe a white peppery based sauce wouldʻve worked better with it?

  • First meal in Ms. Bento!

    Homemade miso soup with rice,
    Dry-fried fresh green beans with garlic, tamagoyaki, California rolls with Sriracha mayo.
    Poppyseed kolaches. (A lightly sweet dough filled with mix of sweetened poppyseed paste and baked.)

  • I would make my father’s carrot soup (it is good hot or cold!) with garlic toast bites. For protein I love pickeld eggs (in mold form, of course) with some beets. My favorite bento dessert- my mother-in-law’s shortcake with whatever fruit looks good at the market! I like to punch out the shortcake using small cookie cutters and fill in around the shortcake with fruit.

  • Lydia

    I would pack one container with rice, topped with my teriyaki chicken (mmm!), fruits: kiwi, grapes, strawberries, and some blueberries, yogurt, and crackers and pretzels with a Laughing Cow cheese.

  • Paluka

    Hm… I would pack rice with some pork tenderloin for one of the container…Let’s say a small salad in another, and for dessert some fruits, most probably apple and orange (or something like that, depends on what I’ll find XD)

  • Deann

    I’d pack my favorite sweet and sour chicken with rice and some fruit.

  • Justine

    Oh, I long to have something to pack soup in without spillage! I’d pack: Mini tuna burgers on an Arnold’s Sandwich Thin for the main container, homemade low fat tomato soup in the soup one, and baked apples with splenda and some oatmeal in the desert container 🙂

  • Lily

    I’d pack a homemade version of the benihana onion soup (it is my downfall), rice, and beef and broccoli. *__* Mmm.

  • Lisa

    I would pack Ramen noodles in the thermal container, Stir-fry in the middle container, and cheese danish in the top. 🙂
    Please choose my name. If you choose me, I will answer you right away!

  • If I could pack the Zoujirushi Ms. Bento I would pack it like this!

    Thermos: wanton egg drop soup (two of my favorites combined to make a super soup!)
    First tier: 1 yaki-onigiri seasoned with egg, seasame seed and seaweed furikake (my favorite!) and 4 slices of beef tataki.
    Second tier: Broccoli on one half, and a side salad on the other with red onion and cheddar cheese.
    Third tier: Best for last! I would pack a cinnamon crumble sweet potato coffee cake and a handful of raisins.

  • Kelly

    I’d pack:
    Container 1. Fresh Kagayaki rice
    Container 2. My boyfriend’s amazing gyudon
    Container 3: Peach/mango yogurt for dessert
    That would make for one amazing lunch!

  • Nicola

    I would fill one container with my breaded chicken over white rice, as a main course. In another container I would prepare a light salad with spicy italian dressing. (lettuce, carrots, cucumbers and crutons). In the last container I would attempt to make haupia for the first time, along side some kiwi slices. ^^ nomm nom. And because I work at home the amazing lunch would be for my hard working hubby who loves it when I make him a lunch!

  • stimps

    Mmm! I’d pack spaghetti in my favourite tomato cream sauce in one part (the stay warm part), a nice crackly green salad with some honey garlic dressing in one, some applesauce with cinnamon and yogurt in the other, and the third one split between some parmesan for the spaghetti a some miso paste pushed into a corner to make into a drink mid-day. Yum!!

  • stimps

    p.s. your chicken mochiko recipe is so good. The last time we made it, we kept eating it as it was coming out of the hot oil. We really had to try hard not to eat it all. =)

  • Liana

    I would pack my fave soup…tomato! I would prob pack a grilled cheese quartered in another layer.

  • I’d likely put beef stew or potato soup in the thermal and then broccoli and fruit in the other two!!! 🙂

  • caeria

    I’d pack:
    1. Shrimp Etouffee
    2. Rice
    3. Side salad
    Good stuff.

  • Kenini

    Container 1: Mother’s spicy bean and beef chili (with cheese)! None of my bentos are waterproof, so stuff like chili can’t be packed in them.

    Container 2: Hmm… either grilled cheese or cornbread. Cut into cute shapes, of course! Depending on how big it is, I might try to shove some sliced carrot sticks/grape tomatoes/baby corn for a serving of veggies.

    Container 3: Desert time! There are some lemon square recipes in one of my low GI cookbooks, so those sound like a good option!

  • I would pack some vietnamese soup with some bread and some sauté veggies and for dessert a nice coco and fruit jelly that I recently discoverd! Or maybe a totally french canadian menu with some sheppard’s pie, ketchup, nice green salad and some “pouding chômeur” for dessert!

  • Beth

    My first meal, hmm… it’d probably be for my mum, since she works nights and I feel better when she eats more than some cereal and a yogurt.

    I would pack, in one container, either something like the sweet and sour chicken she likes from the local Chinese place, or my own barbecue chicken with some Spanish rice (the Lipton kind, you know?).

    In another container would be baby carrots, cut cucumber, and a little bit of lettuce, maybe with some French dressing in a cup to the side.

    Lastly, some grapes and apple bunnies (I’ve never made them before!) and a couple of sugar cookies.

  • For the thermos, I would probably go with a tomato & basil soup. Grilled cheese with turkey and veggie fritatta in another. Checkered apple, grapes and walnuts coated with cinnamon in the 4th.

  • I’ve been thinking about joining the bento bandwagon for some time now. I think I’m going to make the leap once I start my new job.
    I would pack:
    1. dry cereal or granola (in case I don’t wake up early enough to eat breakfast before I go)
    2. miso salmon and cooked greens
    3. rice with aonori or nori sprinkled on top

    I’ve been enjoying reading about your bentos! Thanks for sharing.

  • Awesome! その弁当がほしい~!

    I have started getting into making different dishes with Miso paste (I love red misos), so I think I’d make some mini-rice balls (disk/patty shaped) with a miso paste mixture applied to the flat faces and then lightly grilled. Then I’d include cut up banana, and strawberried. Simmered kabocha pumpkin and flower-shaped cheese pieces.

    This combination would be easy enough for me (a beginner cook) to make and also show a variety of color and visual appeal with lots of flavor. (Also…if I had my bunny with me when it’s time to eat, she could nom on some of my fruits.)

  • kai

    letsss see! i would make homemade pork and beef ramen with handmade noodles and eggs. in the other two containers i would put rice with nori komi furikake and mini fried tofu bites!

    ^^

    king-kai@live.com

  • footnotegirl

    My first meal in a Ms. Bento would be a crockpot extravaganza. Because I do have access to a microwave at work, it would have a bowl of tasty chicken chili, some cornbread chunks, and in the last bowl, nummy rice pudding.

  • kenna

    OH! i think one of the first things i’d use it for is my irish stew.
    1. the first container could hold the irish stew – it makes for a wonderful lunch, but is much better warmed.
    2. the second would hold rice and some frozen peas because stew over rice is simply delish and i love throwing a handful of frozen peas in the stew the second day to liven it up even more. i could place the peas in a circle in the center. beautiful!
    3. the third could hold a mini loaf of guinness, oat, and honey beer bread and a salad of microgreens (along with a small container of vinaigrette). i make this bread to go with the stew, and i just got mini loaf pans. it would be perfect!

  • Lani

    My first meal…let me think…

    Container 1 – roasted garlic couscous

    Container 2 – lup cheong salmon

    And the best for last…
    Container 3 – slice of milk chocolate pound cake on one side & sliced strawberries

    Now I really want some lup cheong salmon!

  • Catt

    Tomato Basil Soup
    Portuguese Sweet Bread + Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
    A mix of Golden Crisp and Raspberries

    (Iced Citron Green Tea on the side.)

  • Alexandra

    I actually live in a dorm and plan on packing bento all next semester, so while the cooking may lack a little, this bento would be perfect for me! I think, though, that I’d like a breakfast bento for my first try.

    Container 1: Oatmeal with cinnamon and maple syrup.
    Container 2: Broken up high-protein, whole-grains breakfast bar with Cheerios, raisins, and nuts.
    Container 3: Frozen fruits (AMAZING for dorms) such as raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries to mix with oatmeal, plus some sliced apple.

    Yum. =D

  • Ten

    Ooh, a fancy new bento! I think for this I’d like to try some rice with sweet bacon furikake on the bottom tier, and then for the top part I’d do some steamed broccoli and carrots and maybe go out on a limb to finally try the mini-calzones I’ve been meaning to do. Or a mini quiche! It would be nice to make something that I could heat up since the containers are microwaveable.

  • Nikki

    Nummy nummy…

    1st container: Steamed rice with pieces of tonkatsu with ponzu sauce
    2nd container: Miso soup with tofu and spinach
    3rd container: as many shrimp chips as I can fit in there!

  • I would have a yummy yellow curry with whole fried eggs in the top tier. Plain rice in the next, and a a refreshing cucumber salad with yoghurt dressing in the bottom, to spread over the curry. Yum!

  • Cyntilla

    Since it’s a very, very manly box, it would be perfect to finally talk hubby into it! Great colours and very easy to bring to work! So, onto the lunch!
    1st container: his favourite chicken Tandoori stew.
    2nd container: steamed white rice to go with the stew.
    3rd container: green mixed salad with oil and balsamic vinegard dressing.
    And because I know hubs is a good eater, I’d add a banana in the bag to make him happy!

  • Deena

    Beef stew in one tier. Rice in another. Fruit in another. I love Ms. Bento.

  • ktycat

    I’ve never used this type of bento so it would be really a first time for me !
    For the first container, I would put meat balls with spaghettis and tomato sauce.
    In the second container, I would simply put some cucumber and carrot sticks, olives and maybe one boiled egg if there is still space left.
    For the last one, a dessert (because I can’t have a meal without dessert !) :one strawberry muffin and strawberries to fill the gaps around the muffins.

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway even if I never win when it’s random ;).

  • Vanessa

    I would use the thermos to pack hot chicken curry.
    The next cup would hold sushi rice with salmon furikake.
    The final cup would have sliced fruits like grapes, strawberries, and sliced bananas.
    NoM!

  • quynh

    I would pack my bento with some homemade dumplings, sesame peanut noodles, and fresh fruit. delish!! 🙂

  • Lovely set! I’d make my first meal in the containers with a spicy kimchi ji gae (kimchi soup), fragrant white rice with black sesame seeds and a simple but beautiful fruit medley for a sweet finish. 😛

  • dsgirl

    Been away from Hawaii for almost 16 years, but just got back from a trip home. Saw bento boxes at Shirokiya, but I already had 2 suitcases packed ($15 for 1st and $25 for 2nd *sigh*)

    I would pack: miso soup, fruits and/or veggies, rice & mochiko chicken.

  • StarsOfCASSiOPEiA

    For my first meal in Ms. Bento…

    Well, hm. Now I’m craving ramen because of your post! So I guess I’d make proper ramen and not that instant stuff in a cup (which isn’t as good anyways).

    I’d put in one of those Costco crescents too, for dipping in the soup part of the ramen.

    In the third container, to balance it out, I’d have a medley of grilled fruits and vegetables! I’ve heard grilled plums and grilled pears are quite good, but I haven’t actually gotten to try it so this would be a good excuse.

  • Kat

    I would pack my bento with curry rice!! Rice in one container, spicy-sweet Japanese curry in the other, and in the third container, some tangy takuan and cherry tomatoes!! Mmmm, maybe I should go back to bed and dream about that because it sounds so good right now!

  • Container 1 – Pan-made Na’an / rice
    Container 2 – Coconut lime chicken curry
    Container 3 – Baked cinnamon apples

    Yeah, I know, it’s wack. But it’s what I’d want, so there. And I know I’m a guy and it’s a girl bento, but who cares?! Ha ha.

  • iya

    I would put hot Sinigang (a Philippine beef/pork tamarind soup/stew) in the big container, rice in another, and some leche flan and fruit or extra spinach&radishes in the last.

    It would be so awesome to be able to bring soups and stews without worrying about spills and such!

  • What a wonderfully generous and cool giveaway, Pikko! I’m coming out of lurkdom to enter. I’d probably pack some chicken and rice soup with homemade potstickers, and a bit of fruit.

    Good luck to everyone. 🙂

  • Threemoons

    Oooh! I would do Trader Joe’s mixed grains/rice blend in one, some home-made veggie simmer in another, and either fruit or yogurt for dessert in the little guy. 🙂

  • Aimee S.

    Since I have no thermos of any kind for my Bento lunches I would make my favorite Thai soup, Tom Ka Gai, to pack into the Ms. Bento. Also a nice little salad with the ginger-sesame dressing I love, some fruit and cheese.

  • My slow cooker hasn’t been getting enough love in recent days…with that awesome bento I think I would go for stew with rice; shaped veggies, rice in its own layer; pineapple and goodies…:D

  • In the soup container I would make a hearty beef stew with veggies. One container I would use for salad with cuke slices cut into stars and sliced roma tomatoes, a small container of low-fat dressing tucked inside, in another container some garlic toast to dip in the soup and since there is ONE MORE container, some shortcake cut into shapes with strawberries for dessert!

  • Hello. First time here and that Zojirushi thing is so tempting. I am not sure on how this contest works but I shall just follow suit with all the other people before me.

    Container 1: Cream of Mushroom soup with Cilantro
    Container 2: Salmon Rolled Sushi with side salad and croutons for the soup
    Container 3: Mousse Cake with Strawberries

  • Ooh, this is tricky. Hmm…

    1) I’ve been craving a good stew for a while, so I’d go with beef carbonade – beef and onions and BEER! – in the soup bowl. (I’d also pack some nice crusty bread on the side to soak up the saucy goodness. ^^)
    2) Salad in container #2 – baby spinach, mushrooms, red onions, walnuts and dried cranberries in a balsamic vinaigrette.
    3) Sliced fruit – strawberries, melon, grapes, apple, whatever happens to be at home – in a bit of lemon and honey for dessert in the little container.

    …and thinking all of that up just made me ridiculously hungry. XD

  • Patty

    I would pack cold japanese noodles tossed in a little sesame oil for layer one.
    I would make miso chicken breast with steamed brocholi in layer two.
    Third layer vanilla yogurt and strawberry slices.
    Yum!

  • Chrissie

    I’d probably go with tomato soup in the soup jar, hummus/cheese and crackers/carrots in the divided container, and some mixed fruit in the final container.

  • Tia

    hmmm mushroom raviolis…I woudl have to agree they look like they need a sauce, or pop then in the deep fryer to make them crispy.

    For the Mrs. Bento

    Italian wedding soup in the soup bowl.
    Roasted chicken sandwich on Arnold thin rounds in the next tier.
    and a side salad in the top.

  • Alyssa

    I love this site!!

    If I won that wonderful box, I would pack a miso soup made with fresh miso paste and fresh farmers market veggies in the first part, crackers and fresh fruit in the second part, and finally some fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in the top part, just for a yummy treat

  • I think the temptation with a Ms. Bento would be to make something warm. However since it is spring here in CT I would go for cold. I think I would do a small spinach salad with a mustard dressing and hard-boiled egg, some fresh fruit (grapes are my favorite), and some hummus and mini pitas for a snack.

  • Kaoru

    SO many dishes to choose from, but I’d have to go with:

    Main: Japanese curry with a rice lid
    Side 1: Chopped Greek salad
    Side 2: Apple bunnies if I’m feeling ambitious

  • Thermos: Tonjiru
    Side 1: Tamagoyaki
    Side 2: Chicken tsukune
    Side 3: Baby spinach with sesame oil, edamame, asparagus, and a dash of red pepper flakes
    Desert: Grapes and blueberries
    Rice with bacon furikake

  • I have been feeling homesick lately, so I would pack some of my home favorites:

    Soup bowl: Grandma’s Black Beans
    Side bowl: Fried Sweet Plantains, Green Slice tomatoes (w/ vinegar)
    Main bowl: Breaded Steak (Bistec empanizado) and white rice

  • Great Giveaway!

    I would pack:

    1:Mini-Okonomiyaki, Mixed Salad
    2:Kare Raisu
    3: Apples, Bananas, Carrots, Grapes

  • I’d love this as I never could take soup to work. So I’d pack:

    Soup Bowl: Korean ox bone soup
    Side Bowl: White Jasmine rice with nori (because Korean ox bone soup is salty so it’s traditionally served with rice to dillute the taste a bit)
    Main Bowl: lettuce pieces at the bottom, sliced/fanned cucumbers & thin tomato wedges, corn, skewered edammame and kilbi ribs nestled in between everything

  • Nic

    I keep wishing that they would sell Mr/Ms Bento in the UK, or at least ship outside the US on Amazon.com. The prices on ebay are so high for postage. If I had one my first meal would be: chicken and red pepper curry in one container, basmati rice with cloves, star anise and cardomom, in the other and then a couple of onion bhajis and some indian style broccoli in the last one. Can you tell I love curry?

  • Becky

    Imagining the food is making me hungry. *drool*

    1. Terikaki chicken, white mushrooms, asparagus, and carrot flowers
    2. White Rice
    3. Spinach and chicken broth

    It’s a shame you’re allergic to mushrooms. I think they’re one of the tastiest additions to a meal.

  • Hubby is usually all protein during the week, so I’d probably give him some shrimp, steamed in beer, a hard boiled egg with a big chunk of cheese and whatever was left over from the night before. He’s easy to please.

  • Oooh, I would put a delicious thai chicken yellow curry in one container, steamed jasmine rice in another, and top it off with chicken satay and spicy green beans.

  • hmmm I would make…….
    some carrot soup with hot dog pennies (have not had that in YEARS!!!)

    some rice salad and roasted chicken

  • I would pack a lunch for my man. He LOVES soup (which I don’t make often, so he usually has to suck it up with the canned variety), so,…

    Split Pea and Ham Soup (homemade)
    Cornbread (also from scratch)
    Crispy green salad with walnuts, apples, cranberries and a tasty vineagrette.

    Thanks!

  • Linda

    I would pack:

    *Soupa Pollo
    *Spinach + candied walnut + apple salad
    *Fresh berries

    Yum!

  • Tiffany

    I have been looking into getting one of these. Thanks for the contest.

    Container 1 – Chipotle mac and cheese (had this at a work function recently and it was awesome) and some chicken mixed in
    Container 2 – Salad
    Container 3 – Strawberries and blueberries with some whipped cream

    Now I’m hungry, hurry up lunch hour!

  • Argentee

    I’d pack pad thai and a salad with ginger dressing.

  • Mem

    Container the first would be the main meal: veggie bolognaise with my special garlic and courgette pasta. I’d decorate it with chilli and maple peppers (made to the recipe on Just Bento – as I found out today, it is a great side for this combination of foods!)

    Container the second would have a selection of snacks – a cup of edamame with a little bottle of soy sauce, carrot sticks, hummus, oatcakes, and beetroot salad.

    Container the third would be the sweet trolley, obviously. It’d contain a nice chunk of vegan banana cake with maple “butter”cream, strawberry and banana skewers, and some Alpro chocolate pudding for dipping.

    Yum!

  • Melodie

    I would pack in the 1st container some of my grandmothers borscht. In the 2nd container I would put in my lemon salmon with rice and in the 3rd container I would put in a little cupcake for dessert.

  • What a perfect coincidence..or (hopefully) it is fate…I was just checking out the Zojirushi Ms Bento sets on Amazon yesterday! It’s just what I need because I love to drink soup, and with regular plastic bento containers, it’s almost impossible to pack soup.

    For my first meal packed into the Zojirushi Ms Bento, I’d pack the following:
    * Main Bowl: Hainanese chicken rice topped with steamed boneless chicken garnished with ginger, green onions and coriander.
    * Side Bowl: Stir-fry baby bok choi in oyster sauce and sesame oil, topped with fried shallots
    * Soup Bowl: Herbal chicken soup, made from chinese herbs and chicken bones from the chicken used to make the chicken rice.

  • Jennifer

    thanks for the fun blog! my first meal will be – green coconut veggie / tofu curry; sticky white rice; mangos, strawberries, yogurt and nuts.

  • Christina

    I would bring rice, curry chicken & some fruit to work! What a complete meal that would be.

  • OMG! I just have to say, that the compagny is a french canadian one! I just discoverded that while reading in english on their web page! Thank you for making me discovered them 🙂

  • Jess

    I would pack the following in a Ms. Bento:

    Tomato soup in one bowl
    Fried, herbed potatoes in another bowl
    Cooked chicken in the third bowl

  • I’d pack something vegitarian without any of the foods I’m allergic to (which is a lot). Maybe some lentil soup in the bottom, a whole wheat roll with cheese tucked in it, and some yogurt with fruit preserves or home made trail mix in the smallest bowl.

    Be careful with your allergies. When you don’t eat something for a long time and then have just a little you may not have a reaction, but if you keep pushing it you might end up sad. Keep the benedryl handy and (if you don’t have one, you should) your epi-pen, just incase. I’ve never needed mine, but it makes me feel less vulnerable to know that it’s in my purse should I ever need it.

  • Hey if Bridgit doesn’t respond just pick me as I’ll respond!!

    Thank you for doing another great giveaway! My first meal would be rice with Masaman chicken curry and some fresh fruit.

  • Faith

    I would pack Chicken Curry,
    Rice, salad and fruit in a Ms. Bento!

  • Kat

    Homemade wonton soup in the Ms. Bento with a side of veggie fried rice, cashew chicken stirfry with a fortune cookie (or three) plus iced tea!

  • Oh, how I would love one of these. I can never take soup or anything to work without hauling a bowl and stuff, so this would be so much nice. I definitely think I would pack some miso soup, some delicious rice (probably with some kind of flavoring) and some fruit slices for something sweet.

    And I’ve been wondering about those raviolis-I love mushrooms, but I wasn’t sure if I would like this. I like cheese too, so I just might have to give them a try.

  • All the above suggestions sound wonderful. I’d probably make a big batch of my mom’s vegetable soup and fill one tier with that. Another tier with some nice bread or rolls and the third tier with chocolate cake. Comfort food all around!

  • Okwes

    if i had to have a soup, I would have hot and sour soup. Otherwise, a salad with little hard-boiled quail egg bunnies, chicken cutlets and stuffed grape leaves in one tier, and baklava and apples in the last. thermos-wise: iced green tea

  • I just found your blog through lunch in a box. Going to spend a happy afternoon looking through it now!

    May is my birthday month so I think I’d put in some of favourites….
    Thai red curry chicken with cashews and some coconut rice,
    steamed broccoli and some carrot kinpira (both with sesame seeds) and
    apple cooked with brown sugar and dried figs til squishy and a Babybel swiss cheese (if it’ll squish in)

  • I’ve been feeling a lot healthier lately because I’ve been limiting my carbs – so I would pack a low carb meal of beef fajitas (1 tier), lettuce & compari tomatoes (2 tier), and a snack of hard cheese, pecans, & hardboiled egg (3rd tier). Combine with my obsession Green Tea SlimLife and it would be a wonderful long shift meal/snack.

  • Jacqueline

    If I won that bento box my first meal would be a deconstructed bibimbap lunch. One compartment would of course, be the rice, another the barbequed short rib beef, and another, the marinated beansprouts and cucumber side dishes and kimchee.

  • Howzit! Just found your blog….and I also borrowed your new book from the library. Talk about being in heaven! Now if I only could have someone make those bentos for me…. 🙂
    I would probably pack some fried rice in there, some ume, fried fish and whatever else I can stuff in it. Maybe more rice….rice is my friend…..

  • Summer

    1) Cumin infused brown rice + chicken curry
    2) strawberries
    3) broccoli

  • Kathy

    Oh I want to join in on the contest!

    Container 1 – shell noodles with my own spaghetti sauce
    Container 2 – garlic bread, some broccoli, rolled cheese and ham bites, and parmesan in a mini-container for the spaghetti (if it can fit all that haha)
    Container 3 – dessert of mixed fruits (kiwis, pineapples, and strawberries for color)

  • Darina

    Oh, I’ve wanted one of those forever! I’d put “Tschi”, which is a russian soup/stew in the main container, with some bread to go with it in a smaller container and a fruit salad in the third one, and then I’d be looking forward to eating all that all day long…

  • Enola Jones

    I would put homemade chili in the thermal. In the smallest container I’d put crackers and cheese to top the chili, and then in the third one I’d put sliced eggs and grapes and strawberries. A thermos of soda or water, and I’d be all set!

  • jennifer

    I would do Tortilla Espanola in one container, Spanish Garbanzos w/peppers & Onions in the second container and a fruit salad in the third container.

  • Peter

    I would pack fried rice in the main container, soy sauce chicken in the side container, and some chicken vegetable soup in the soup container.

  • Meghan

    I would have miso soup, ginger-poached spinach noodles, and a fruit/berry mixture with a small cup of fruit dip!

  • mamaclay

    I’d use all three to pack as much of my girlfriend’s oxtail soup as I can!

  • Katie F.

    OOOOoooOOOOoooohhh! Chicken Curry! I always make chicken curry to celebrate a new bento ^_^

  • Would love any of the Zojirushi bentos!
    I would pack steamed rice, broccoli beef and a salad, yummm.

  • SallyC.

    I would pack:

    1. Rice, spare ribs with black bean and garlic sauce, shelled fresh soybean saute with garlic and sea salt.

  • Alavda

    Oh yay!

    If I were to win the Ms. Bento, I would pack my famous vegetarian chili, with a side of tortilla chips for dipping, and salsa. For dessert, strawberry shortcake! Yum~

  • My first meal in the Ms Bento would be:

    Container 1 – Pumpkin, sweet potato, cumin and pepper soup (I’ve been craving this soup recently!)
    Container 2 – adzuki bean rice and breaded spicy chicken
    Container 3 – fresh berries and a tiny slice of matcha cheesecake

  • Hmmmmm soup with my bento! How lovely!

    1) Tier one: Home made onion soup with a side of grated cheese and garlic toast
    2) Tier two: onigiri filled with a little chicken curry and sesame seeds on top
    3) Tier three: fresh strawberries, kiwi, mango and some chopped up celery sticks

    Yum!

  • N.

    Lovely!

    I would pack some tom kha kai in the thermal container, steamed rice in the smallest container and tabbouleh in the 2nd container as my first meal. I can taste it now! 😀

  • Mckdesigns

    First layer, rice and beans; second layer some meat of chicken dish probably leftover from previous night dinner and a third layer of fruit or sweet corn bread.

  • Tom

    Hm..my first lunch in my brand new Zojirushi Ms. Bento would include:

    Karaage
    Rice with Sesame/Nori/Bonito Flakes as topping
    Potato Croquette
    Tsukemono
    Steamed Carrots

    YUM!

    Hope your finger heals up quickly!

  • Misty

    I can’t believe I missed this post last week! That ramen looks really tasty. Evidently there’s a really good ramen place in a city near me that I’ll have to check out sometime.

    If I had a Ms. Bento, I’d use it for anything that would need to be kept cold or hot or would have to be in a spillproof container, obviously.

    I’d love to pack a Japanese curry (which I’ve not yet made, but they look delicious!) with rice, lots of veggies (grape tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, bell peppers) with some shaped cheese and a quail egg, and then cottage cheese with fruit (green grapes, strawberries, blueberries). I’m not sure exactly how everything would fit, but I’d try. 😉

  • Kelly

    Ms. Cuban Bento! LOL

    a) White rice with shredded Cuban pork
    b) Black bean soup with onion
    c) Rice pudding / sliced mango (dual compartment)

    🙂

  • Christi

    1st Layer: Mom’s hot and sour soup
    2nd Layer: Mom’s egg rolls
    3rd Layer: Watermelon and pineapple

    Mmmmm.

  • Bree

    I’d pack
    Largest container: pasta salad
    smaller container: Grilled chicken, fresh broccoli and carrots
    smallest container: fresh fruit and half a bread roll

  • dlqh

    Here is a peek at what I would pack for my first meal:

    1. A homemade shrimp gumbo (using a quick recipe I created)
    2. Steamed Hapa Rice
    3. Fresh Strawberries & Blackberries

  • Hmm, such a pretty box needs something special.

    I recently bought all the ingredients for onigiri, but haven’t made any yet. So I’d make some for this bento, with some wonderful “asian dip”mix as furikake. I’ve used the mix in omelets, and it’s really tasty, so really want to try it on rice.
    I’d add some sliced smoked chicken too.
    I’d also take my mom’s potatoe zucchini soup. It’s basically a boiled potato and zucchini, with some herbs, and then blitzed. It’s divine.
    For the last box, I’d add some dessert: semolina flour pudding with cherry jam.

    Oh, I’m getting hungry already!

  • Sakinelle

    I never did like that carrying bag that Ms. Bento came with. :[ Good thing I can sew a good heavy duty kinchaku on the cheap 😛
    Let’s see….
    I’ll probably pack rice in one bowl,
    miso soup in another,
    and if that wasn’t enough to fill me up I’d probably put some spicy bourbon chicken in the last one.

    Mmmmm.

  • Maivy

    Mmmm first meal…I’m thinking

    container #1 seafood tom yum soup
    container #2 vermicelli noodles
    container #3 salad mix with sesame dressing

  • Holly

    Hmmm, I don’t have many soup recipes, but how about veggie chili? I could put that in the largest container. Then maybe some oatmeal and fruit in the smaller 2 containers so I’d be all set for breakfast and lunch.

  • Oooh~!
    Here’s what I’d put in it:
    1. Apple stars, grapes, and melon balls
    2. fresh rice with star-shaped carrots and peas
    3. ham, cream cheese, and cucumber “sushi” as well as cheese, cream cheese, and red bell pepper “sushi”

  • I love Zojirushi! I wish they had more Asian marts (R.B. Japanese markets) where I am. My family is from Hawai’i (Pai’a, Maui), and I do miss the islands as well. Your site makes me happy/home-sick/bitter about the east coast. ^_^

    I would pack:
    Container 1: Rice
    Container 2: Little Spam Musubis!
    Container 3: Nashi Pears squirted with some lemon juice
    In the bag: I’m feeling some chocolate-y cookies.

  • Judith

    Lets see…
    1. Fluffy nishiki rice with a light sprinkle of furikake.
    2. Piece of teriyaki chicken on bedding of chopped cabbage strips. Two mochi (packed with red bean paste and a strawberry) protected from the teriyaki sauce with small foil cups.
    3. Miso soups with tofu, green onions, small shreds of boiled salmon, and seaweed.

    man…I wish I could have that for dinner right now!

  • Mari

    Hi Pikko 🙂 Love your site, thanks for doing these amazing giveaways!

    I would pack my favs : salmon chu-chee and rice, green papaya salad and chocolate chuck brownies 🙂

  • anne

    Hi There! I stumbled upon your site while searching for bento ideas to start packing lunch for my family. I would pack:

    1 – A spinach salad with strawberries and almonds with a poppy seed dressing
    2 – Brown rice with Trader Joe’s BBQ Chicken Teriyaki
    3 – Peanut butter filled mochi, either homemade or purchased from Benkyodo in San Francisco.

    Thank you for all the great ideas on your site!

  • Autumn

    I would pack:

    1. Katsudon
    2. A salad with lettuce, tomato, avocado, cucumber, and balsamic vinaigrette
    3. Miso soup with kyou hana fu

    Thanks for having such a great give-away!

  • Ange

    It’s suddenly become very hot here, so I’m in the mood for something fortifying and refreshing. In the soup container I’d pack some semi-homemade miso soup (I use fresh paste, but dashi flakes) with a few slices of rolled omlette and scallions. In the main container, I’d have a rice bowl of sushi rice topped with smoked salmon, strips of cucumber and a few capers. In the last bowl I’d have some sliced mango, a few berries and a minature cupcake. I’d also squeeze in a tangle of shredded spinach to be wilted in the miso soup.

  • Jo Ann C

    Would love to win a Zojirushi Bento !!!!!!
    Layer one would be unagi don
    Layer two a salad with bacon bits and ranch dressing
    Layer three would be a fruit salad with grapes, pears and oranges

  • Clover

    First meal: My fave borwn rice, some teriyaki chicken, steamed veggies! Feed me!

  • uilani

    Oooh how I would love a Ms. Bento!

    For the first meal I’d pack some Japanese curry (spicy!) in one container, brown rice with chicken katsu in another, and some fruit (cuties) in the third container. 🙂

  • Karina O

    Gotta love the Ms Bento!
    I would make cold sesame soba salad, chicken katsu, and fruit, cheese and crackers – just the trick for a late night shift.

  • Jane

    Tier 1 would have homemade Shui mai
    Tier 2 spinach & strawberry salad
    Tier 3 melon balls & shaped cheese

  • Susan

    Love your site! I used to eat bentos when I was a kid. Your site makes me feel very nostalgic, and makes me want to start making bentos now that I have a son. He has severe multiple food allergies, and I think this will be a way to keep food fun for him as he gets older.

    Layer one – rice and kimchi
    Layer two – mandu and soy sauce
    Layer three – bulgogi

    Thanks and best of luck to you!

  • Reinah

    The large tier would have a miso or onion and meat flavored soup (with noodles)
    The second layer would have rice, perhaps with some seasoning or soy sauce for it on the side
    The third layer would have dumplings 🙂

  • Robyn

    In the large tier I would put some homemade chicken and veggie soup rich with black beans, onions, potatoes, red pepper, and …pickled banana pepper!

    in the second I would put sausage and seafood jamalaya (also with red peppers and onions!)

    and lastly in the smallest tier I would put a nice southwestern salad with baby spinach, carrots, pickled banana peppers, sweet kernal corn, and cheese!

  • Susan Lin

    If I were to have this bento, I would use it to pack a lunch for a picnic in the park with my one and only love.

    For the soup tier, I would make my Thai chicken coconut soup. For the second tier, I would put half of my salty fish and chicken fried rice and on the other half i would make my honey walnut shrimp. And for the last tier I would put some of my husbands yummy rum pound cake.

    It would be perfect =]

  • Kris

    This bento container is way too cool to miss 🙂

    Btw, hope your finger is recoveirng well.

    since the containers have lids – I would like to pack some cold soba sauce in one, then soba noodles in the other sprinkled with some finely chopped spring onions and some other salad (all finely chopped) so that it will be a whole vegetarian meal. For the final box, I’ll indulge in some sliced mangoes and strawberries. Yup, think that would be my satisfying lunch pack.

  • Rina

    I am pretty new to bento making. It is getting really hot here on the east coast. I will make things I know will have less chance of going bad.
    Container 1-Steamed rice with toasted sesame seed
    Container 2- Half will have Edamame (with shell) sprinkled with matcha salt. the other half fruits (bit size) in cupcake cups
    container 3- Gazpacho

  • Susan

    1st – kimchi soup
    2nd – lettuce, carrots, peppers, etc sliced thinly (for wraps)
    3rd – bulgogi

  • Norine

    My bento would include mochiko chicken, rice, and somen salad.

  • I love reading everyone’s ideas!

    Here’s what I’d pack:

    container 1: basmati rice
    container 2: chickpea-spinach-potato curry, spicy baked chicken
    container 3: fresh strawberries and blueberries

  • Hmmmmm, so many things to think about packing to eat! How about

    Container 1: Miso soup with LOTS of wakame (my fave)
    Container 2: Ginger rice
    Container 3: Mapo tofu

  • Maria

    I have coveted the Zojirushi products and have been looking for them on sale for EVER, with no luck.

    I would make some thick split pea soup with lots of ham chunks for the large container, steamed white rice in the second container, and in the smallest, some yogurt with honey and berries.

    I am dreaming about this now. mmm.

  • Ooh!

    I think I’d have to go with:
    Miso soup
    Chirashi Sushi (yellowtail, tuna, tamago, masago, cucumber, maybe more, all over sushi rice)
    Fruit

  • Kaihri

    Hmm… My bento’s still don’t look all pretty but I’m trying. I’d have to put Tamagoyaki cause i love it. Some maki rolls. Fresh Strawberries and orange slices. And some cold soba noodles with dipping sauce.
    Very nice bento set. Seems bigger than the one I use now. Thank you for doing this contest Pikko!

  • Elaine

    Sign me up!! If I had a Ms Bento, I would totally pack hot miso soup, white rice, spicy miso marinated asparagus, enoki mushrooms, and honey garlic tofu. MMMMM!

  • Melanie M. Cogdill

    I would have to test recipes to decide what to pack in it for my kid. My 12 year old has serious, life-threatening food allergies to more than 20 items including: garlic, potatoes, mustard, all beans, zucchini, yellow squash, all nuts, coconut, tofu and more.

    This year my 12 yo came to me very dejected and said that it was hard having either a plan turkey or ham sandwich for lunch every day for literally years. Your website has inspired me as a born/bred Honolulu native ex-pat in NC to make his lunch exciting next year for school and have my parents hunting around Honolulu for Bento boxes to bring to NC this summer.

    So this bento is not for me it is for a 12yo who is aprt-Japanese and love Japanese food and can’t eat a lot of it. This box would be used faithfully to help brighten the monotonous lunches of a child who has such limited food options.

    Thanks for considering us! 😀

  • Nexa

    I would pack home made turkey chili in the largest container. The next size would have diced green pepper and diced onions to top the chili once I microwave it (if I even did that, I love cold chili on hot days as well). The smallest container would have equal parts shredded cheddar in sour cream! Yum!

  • If I won the Ms Bento, my first meal would be some of my all time favourites:

    In the main bowl, I would have pasta in a spicy tomato sauce, in the side bowl I would have some brocolli sauteed with some garlic and black pepper, and in the soup bowl I would have my dessert, which would be stewed apples with sugar, cinnamon and ginger.

    Mmm I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

  • Jennifer

    I kind of fell off the bento wagon in the last month because of a huge event that my organization does every year. I would use Ms. Bento to reinspire me to eat healthy, right-sized portions (they have been providing lunch and dinner every day to keep us at our desks, I mean motivated.) I would use the large container to layer some grilled chicken strips with fresh veggies (red and yellow peppers julliened, cuke slices and cherry tomatoes) and in another container, a couple of mini onigiri with furikake or black sesame seeds on a bed of lettuce. The final container would have a nice selection of almonds, dried figs and a mini cheese wedge with either some fresh berries or kumkwats as space fillers. Health meal with snacks to last through the day.

  • Cynthia

    I’m totally new to the bento scene but have been so inspired by your bento meals, that I would pack my toddler’s first lunch in the Ms. Bento. I would put her favorites in like: Sushi rice balls, chicken meatballs and various fruit slices (strawberries, blueberries and blackberries)!

  • Tara

    My first bento meal would be one container filled with rice, chopped dried seaweed and fresh salmon from the jar, in the second one would be fish egg chop suey with boiled potatoes [fish eggs boiled, with bits of bacon, broccoli, carrot, onion, celery and cauliflower stir fried together], and the last one would be diced mango, kiwi, strawberry, salmonberries, oranges, blueberries, apples and blackberries all in cranberry juice with a little applejuice.

  • J

    Fried Spam
    Fried Rice with Spam
    Spam Soup with Spamballs
    oh and a fruitcup so I don’t break my diet.

    Now lets see if that gets caught by the spamfilters…

  • Hmm, let’s see… I would bring:
    – tofu shiratake noodles
    – veggie broth with shiitake mushrooms, broccoli florets & baby bok choy
    – fruit cup: strawberries, blueberries, & blackberries
    Hungry now…

  • Julie

    Yum!!!
    I would pack some ricotta cheese-stuffed pasta shells in the first tier and cut out some little mozzarella cheese stars (a la Pikko) to put on top to make them even cuter! Then, in the next one, I would pack some cucumber, carrots, cheese and a little mini muffin size quichelette. In the last one I would pack some melon balls and a mini sour cream blue berry muffin. If I have a little room left over, I’ll tuck some Hershey Kisses in. : )

  • The Ms. Bento is waaaay cooler than the tiger thermal I have! 🙂

    I’d pack rice, or course. miso soup. and then make a cute tier out of some teri beef, corn croquette, and pickles… cause you always need pickles for your rice. 🙂

  • Lawrence

    Pork n Potatoe Curry
    2 Onigiri with salted plums
    2 hardboiled eggs
    some baby carrots to snack on during the day.

  • Sarah

    I have to pack food for lunch and dinner when I go to school, so I would fill the large container with rice to be split between two meals. In one of the smaller containers I would put stir fried veggies and tofu with ponsu sauce. In the other I would put seasoned/smushed red beans to combine into red beans and rice.

  • Cinnamon Cappel

    Hard to think of something to put in the container when I am hungry from reading everyone else’s ideas. So the top three things I would want (since I am craving it) 1. Gumbo, 2. Boudan balls, 3. Cauliflower cassarole, and some fruit tucked into the bag. Yummmy